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Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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BA SCORE
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3,826 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,826
Reviews: 2,007
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 227
Gots: 280 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly Schneider Aventinus.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001)
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Photo of EStreet20
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5 liter bottle poured into an Aventinus weizen glass. 2001 vintage.

A - This beer has a great look. One of those unique looks in its glass that's all its own. An orangish brown on bottom that lets a litle light through leading up to a deep purple tinted brown at the thicker part of the glass. Lots of carbonation feeds a decent sized foamy head at the top.

S - Huge smell of tart cherries/berries on the initial whiff. Alcohol is definitely pushing through here. Got a nice spicy kick in the nose that hits the nostrils hard. A very nice smell.

T - Basically indescribable on the first sip. Simply different than most beers I've ever tried. I'm definitely tasting some of the flavor described on the 2001 vintage tag. A bit of chocolate under the spicy flavor. Some fruity alcoholic kick mixed in there. Balanced nicely with a nutty flavor.

M - A nice amount of carbonation with a fairly thick texture in the mouth.

D - Keeps me coming back for more. I definitely can sip on this one till the last drop.

Notes: Wouldn't drink this every day as wheat beers are not my favorite style but this is the best wheat beer or bocks I've ever had. Definitely one I will pick up from time to time to enjoy for a change of pace.

Photo of eclipse54
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL bottle from the Boise Co-op, bottled in 11/2011. I've had this one plenty of times before, but an finally getting around to reviewing it. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a brown, mahogany color with over an inch of fluffy, light khaki head; moderate retention and a small amount of lacing.

The aroma is of clove, wheat, banana, light lemon and orange citrus, some caramel, date, raisin, and even a bit of toasted sugar. Regardless, the more traditional wheat and clove aromas dominate the nose.

The flavor brings out similar notes, with more emphasis on the caramel and darker fruits. A bit of apple pulls through, and there’s still the noticeable lemon and orange citruses. Banana, clove, wheat, straw, and a bit of earthen grass are all present as well.

Mouthfeel is relatively light bodied and very lively from the carbonation. A refreshingly clean finish keeps one coming back, and the absence of alcohol from the flavor or finish is also commendable.

Overall, a great weizenbock made even better by its wide availability and relative affordability. Being a bit more of an obscure style, I can’t say I’ve yet tasted a better one.

Photo of Zadok
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep oak brown with slight amber highlights. One finger slightly off white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smells like a hefe, coriander, banana, clove. A little sweet malt also present.

Initial flavor reminds me of a banana milkshake. Has spices of a wide variety, clove, pepper, and coriander. Slight alcohol presence but nothing overpowering.

Very smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. A small bite of pepper in the aftertaste.

Quite surprised I have never tried this one, have to say its delicious. Definitely deserving of all the praise. Will be looking forward to the next offering.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.5 litre bottle, served in a pilsner glass, because I don't have a Aventinus glass :-(

A - cloudy, brown color with a big fluffy tan head that settles to a layer, leaving good lacing on the glass.

S - sweet complex blend of spices, fruits and yeast in the aroma.

T - flavor is also very complex, slight bitterness on the finish.

M - medium bodied, not heavy at all, light carbonation feel.

D - a good brew to drink slow and savour.

Final Note: I have to get one of those Aventinus glasses!

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

Poured into a 20oz bulbous glass, with 2 fingers of creamy tan head, over a deep golden/brown body. Pretty pour.

Rich fruits greet you up front, with plenty of sweet spices, and even a hint of some Old Bay seasoning.

Flavors start with banana, and are quickly followed by prune, apples, and over-ripened cherry. Some of the sweet clove-like spice maintains its appearance in the background.

Creamy for a wheat, but just enough carbonation to keep this high ABV beer from being cloying. Little thin, but acceptable for the style.

As with most heavy wheats, it's a sipper (and a burper)... thoroughly enjoyed, but could not have put down more than two.

Photo of goschool
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is orange, closing in on lavender. The head seems small for a weizen, although this does have more alcohol then the average hefe, leaving minimal lacing. It's got the phenols and esters as expected- a malty nose with bananas and cloves. The taste has plenty yeast, spice, fruit (in addition to bananas), and roasty wheat malts. The 8% abv is more detectable then you would think, but this is still mighty easy to drink.

Photo of auroracrisis
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured properly from the bottle into a 22oz Blue Moon weizen glass.

Has a one inch, off-white head until it dies down into a film on the top. The appearance of the beer is actually a ruby brown color with lots of bubbles. LOTS of 'em. Some sediment floating around in it too. A great looking beer.

Smells sweet and malty with a bit of yeast. Has some fruity aromas but not super bananay like some weis beers. More like bananas and plums, or bananas and cherries even.

The taste is pretty complex. It's most forward taste is the malts. It's pretty sweet for my palate, like rich dark candies. Then it fades into the creamy wheat taste which adds a fruity taste to it. The German yeasts are present as you swallow and nick the back of the throat on the way down. Exceptional is a good way to put it. This beer is often overlooked by myself but now I might have to start picking this one up more often.

Mouthfeel is good. A little on the light side with lots of bubbles. I like my beers a bit thicker than this but it is definitely true to the style. I think describing it as good is a fair way to put it.

Drinkability is relatively high due to the light body but the ABV kind of takes away from it. I could drink a couple more of these but then I could be intoxicated (which isn't a bad thing but would result in me not wanting too much more of this one.)

Overall, I'd say this beer deserves it's reputation. It's great!

Photo of johnmichael712
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, let me warn you: this is one super carbonated beer. As soon as I popped off the bottle cap the head began to rise inside the bottle and I quickly had to grab my glass to save myself from a mess. So, consider yourself warned.

Appearance: Poured out of a 500 ml (16.9 ounces my calculator tells me) bottle into a Paulaner weizen glass. This beer pours a very dark golden brown color with an enormous off-white head. Once I swirl the remainder of the beer inside the bottle and add it to my glass a heavy amount of yeast sediment can be seen floating in the beer. Holding this beer up to a light reveals an absolutely insane amount of carbonation bubble rising from the bottom of the glass, and it reminds me of those thermal vents on the ocean floor you see videos of. The head looks very soft and pillowy and lingers for a long time, but surprisingly leaves no lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose of this beer showcases its very strong phenol aroma with bananas and apples being the most prominent. There is also a strong clove presence, along with hints of crystal malts and light brown sugar. The nose is fairly reminiscent of spiced apple cider, but with a much stronger malt presence.

Taste: This beer starts off with a strong amount of sweetness and yeasty, bready, malty flavors; moves to a complex fruitiness and spiciness; then fades to a rich, syrupy sweetness at the end intertwined with a moderate amount of alcohol flavor. Along the way there are notes of banana, clove, and vanilla, along with a slight hint of chocolate from the malts. The finish brings the clove phenols to the forefront, along with a pleasant warming effect from the alcohol. The spiciness and warmth of the finish would make this a good winter beer for when you're sitting in front of a fire.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium bodied with a good amount of creaminess and carbonation. Unlike some of the other reviews, however, I don't think this beer is too carbonated for the style or too carbonated to adversely affect the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Despite the fact that the alcohol is faintly present in the finish it is in no way overpowering, and this is one highly drinkable beer. This beer has all the drinkability of a good Dunkleweisse but a much stronger malt flavor. All of this adds up to make for one great beer.

Notes: BJCP history for this style tells me that "Aventinus, the world's oldest top-fermented wheat doppelbock, was created in 1907 at the Weisse Brauhaus in Munich using the 'Méthode Champenoise' with fresh yeast sediment on the bottom. It was Schneider's creative response to bottom-fermenting doppelbocks that developed a strong following during these times", and I feel blessed to be able to drink "the original". Whether or not that means this is the best is up for debate, but only time (and me drinking more Weizenbocks) will tell. If you're a big fan of wheat beers or of any of the similar styles, be sure to give this one a try.

Photo of AdamBear
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-cloudy chestnut brown with a good thick light tan head that stays.

S-smells initially like bananas but then quickly fades in to smelling like freshly burnt wheat. there's a bit of spice to it as well. its a very high strength!

T-comes in with a nice dark roasted wheat flavor that has hints of banana. it then transforms in to a more spicy wheat flavor. after that the after-taste is of burnt caramel wheats that lasts for quite a long time. this is a really complex beer with every sub-taste having a really good strength to it. this might be the be best german wheat beer i've ever had. there is so much flavor and potency in this.

M-fairly thick, a good creamy carbonation but with a fairly dry finish

D-the complexity seems to diminish but the after-taste becomes almost stronger through out the bottle. its a very heavy beer and it doesn't seem to go down too quickly, tho it does go down enjoyably.

Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a really muddy looking brown color with a big fluffy tan colored head. The lacing looked promising and stuck around for most of the beer. The smell of this beer was really nice, had some soft wheat aromas mixed with some dark fruits and some spice. The taste of the beer was really great too, the flavors of clove and banana, sweet dried dark fruits and a nice wheat backbone. The beer is pretty light feeling despite the color. Overall I wasn't expecting to enjoy this beer as much as I did! What a nice surprise here. Can't wait to drink it again.

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great brew. Pours a cloudy light-brown, like a doppelbock. Nose is fruity, with some banana, and yeasty. Flavor is fruity and a little spicy with some chocolate undertones. Clove finish. Medium-bodied with a tingly mouthfeel. Somewhat alcoholic. This is a great beer. Definitely warming. A little on the pricey side, but great once in a while.

Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This must be a rare case finding this stuff on tap - I just started getting Aventinus on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn and I've never seen it tapped anywhere else before. I have to admit I prefer it on tap over bottled (though Aventinus Wheat is still one of my favorites in the bottle.) The color (deep brown) and flavor (fruity with a bit of cloves) are still excellent. I think the tap controls the carbonation better, cutting the head down, making it a bit heavier and giving it an even smoother mouthfeel and drinkability than the bottle. Feels a bit more like a 8.0 ABV beer on tap, and it will catch up to you after the second 16oz one, believe me.

Photo of intovert2438
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of billshmeinke
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute.

Somewhat hazy light brown color that looks a little like iced tea at the extremities. Half an inch of off white head that takes a minute to die down to a layer of foam on top. Decent lacing left behind.

Smells of bananas, brown sugar, a hint of dark fruits and some spicy wheat and cloves. Mostly sweet in the nose with a hint of spice. Almost like bananas foster less the ice cream.

Tastes matches smell almost exactly. I get bananas, brown sugar, some raisins, spicy wheat, rye bread and cloves. A hint of leafy/earthy hops clean out the back end. A residual sweet banana and rye bread flavor lingers.

The mouthfeel is on the high end of medium bodied with lots of carbonation that makes it feel lighter and also adds to the perception of spiciness in the flavor. Pretty dry finish.

This does not seem like an 8.2% alcohol beer. Sweet, spicy and dry makes for an interesting and quaffable beer that defines the style.

Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml Euro style bottle, into a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark murky brown, with about 2-3 fingers worth of off-white head, that disipates rather quickly, but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Tons of dark fruits; plums, raisins, figs. A nice healthy dose of a biscuity malt character follows the fruits.

Taste: Similar to the smell, with the dark fruit flavors coming though staring at the beginning, with the sweet bready malts coming in to round things out a bit at the end.

Mouthfeel: Rich and thick, though it still has a nice crisp, clean finish, that keeps you wanting more.

Overall: Very good brew. Never had a Wheat Dopplebock before, but this one stands up to the best Dopplebocks I've had. Very sweet, but not cloyingly so, just a very well balanced high gravity brew.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into chalice
Wrapped in paper that says brewed in 2003

A: Super fizzy head, very soda like, doesn't look as dark as cola, but a true brown color, almost like a tootsie roll, not much real head

S: Nice and complex without being too heavy, definite chocolate aroma, adds a good base sweetness to it, bananas make an appearance on top of that, mild spice notes, definitely has settled down from the age, not super spicy and bold, but very nice

T: Has that sweet background malt note again that is similar to smell but not distinctly chocolate here, almost like a dark sugary/molassesy fruit, way more acidity than smell, spices are much more evident, still not super strong though, banana also, clove is there, still retains fruitiness of a weizen, just darker

M: Very light, carbonation is fairly high, I like that it is not heavy

D: High, easy to drink just like a hefeweizen, but has the deliciousness of a darker beer, complex, but still easy

Notes: I have only had a couple of weizenbocks before and I wasn't overly impressed. I'm glad that I finally tried a beer that does this style justice. It is great to see such good flavor profiles. It has all those light characteristics that you expect from a wheat beer, but nice, dark, and complex. Highly recommended.

Photo of Jas45678
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle into tulip

Pours a murky amber-brown color with a big white head that fades fairly slowly. Smell is toffee, dark fruits, carmel, bananas and cloves. Taste is slightly similar to a hefenweizen. Slightly sweet with some of the wheat and the flavors in the nose. Medium to light mouthfeel with decent carbonation, very smooth. Overall a great beer worth trying.

Photo of HopDerek
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown with big tan head, long lasting retention, good lacing. Smells of caramel, bread, nuts, citrus, banana, and spices. Tastes of honey, vanilla, bread, caramel, banana, clove, chocolate, and walnuts with a lemon and orange zest finish. Medium to medium full in body with good carbonation. A nice balance of sweetness, bread, and citrus, very easy to drink, yet hearty.

Photo of jjanega08
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a hazy light brown color. Sort of a "muddy" homebrew color with a nice three finger head on it that is just off white color and holds nice retention and lacing in the glass. The color just isn't that great on this one though.

S= Nice wheat smell as well as nice sweet candy smell to it! Caramel and toffee like character in it. Delicious smelling! I can't keep my nose out of it it smells so sweet and candy like. I find that bocks as a style are a little too one dimensional with the sweetness but the wheat in this really balances out the bock character. Nice doughyness to it and maybe a little heat?

T= Just like the smell. Starts out just like candy on the tip of the tongue. Nice sweet caramel and toffee flavors in it that sort of mellow out in the middle of the tongue before giving way to a nice wheat finish. Doughy finish almost. Tastes to me like eating some sort of doughnut of other sweet dessert cake sort of thing. Really nice and impressive.

M= Smooth and creamy. Nice crisp wheat finish that doesn't linger around too long.

D= Nice beer. Really like they style (this is my first dabble). The sweetness from a bock works perfectly with the smooth crispness of wheat. excellent.

Photo of liquidnoise
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a pint of this the other day from the Liquor Station because I needed a single and I thought I'd try something good. It was good, no doubt. One of the best I've had in a long time. But is it worth being one of the few 90+ brewskis on BA? Lower eighties would be insulting. Upper eighties, I'll give it that. But is this what an "A" is supposed to be?

While pouring it a thick head consumed my glass, leaving me with a glass that was 3/4 head and 1/4 beer. I thought, "Oh no, I'm gonna have to wait 5 minutes for this head to go down," but to my surprise it went away fairly quickly. The head was not what I was used to, and the awkwardness took away from the experience.

It had a creamy texture, sort of like Guinness, and tasted like a mix of fruit and chocolate. And seeing as it was up around 8% ABV I was surprised I couldn't taste a hint of alcohol.

A pleasing, but only slightly above average aftertaste also left this beer below perfection in my opinion.

Definately a high quality beer, no doubt, no question about it. If I gave it a rating though, I'd probably give it an 88. It was good, but as the first 90+ rated beer I've had, I have yet to be blown away.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color, hugely effervescent, with a fizzy two-fingered light tan head that resists fading. Spotty patterns of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is an aggressive combination of sweet malty caramel and spices that suggest a full bodied beverage is on its way. Well carbonated and spicy, the medium-full bodied mouth feel is creamy and complex...in a way that compliments the flavors nicely. The taste is a mirror of the nose and an element of cloves adds a minty complexity that lingers nicely. The 8% ABV warms gently...a real nice drinker. Recommended.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Franziskaner Weiss Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a dark, golden brown, with slight ruby highlights. Big head of light tan colored foam. Retention is decent. Lacing is thin and slippery.

Huge wheat-ey, yeast-y, bread smell. Candi sugar sweetness. Hints of caramel. Bananas covered in sugar syrup. Light clove notes.

Taste is also very bread-like. Huge wheat presence, with big yeast notes, as well. Banana is big here, also, with a nice mild spice presence. Slight bitter, almost sour, quality, in a good way. Very mild hint of cocoa.

Solid medium body. Smooth enough, but not nearly the creaminess level that I like in a beer. Then again, it feels right for it's style, the way it is.

Very easily drinkable. Alcohol is quite well-hidden. Very good balance, overall.

Photo of washburnkid
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my .5L weizen glass.

A: Two fingers of off-white head over a delicious dark brew of hazy chocolate and caramel-colored hues; yeast particles both in the head and settling at the bottom. Lovely!
S: Heavy, refreshing wheat aroma complete with bananas, light clove and some spices, and eventually an enchilada/mole sauce smell. Not sure where this came from, but it made me want to eat some Mexican!
T: Refreshing wheat and damp grains (not quite "wet", but not completely "grainy"). Great flavors that imitate the aromas, particularly the cloves and spices. Hints of caramel and light chocolate malts. Sweet fruits, as well. A sour kick meets up with my mouth at the end of the sip.
M: Light on the mouthfeel, but the carbonation is great!
D: Did I mention this is incredibly refreshing? Each sip throws out new and different characteristics. I look forward to more weizenbocks!

Photo of flannelman808
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium brown, light to medium opacity, and a hint of a reddish purple hue. Mother of pearl colored head tops off the beer and has good retention. No lacing to speak of.

S: Dark fruit (notably Date and Fig) jump forth along with banana and spice. I also get something like a marshmellow like quality is in the air as well.

T: So balanced this beer has lots to say and yet its difficult to say anything right off the bat. Soft spicy balanced flavors develop slowly, leading to some fruity notes (subtle banana and fig). All of these are finished with an almost citric like tang. A classic for sure...

M: subtle carbonic tang

D: High

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a medium dark brown with a slight ruby and amber hue when held up to the light. A strong whitish head pours about an inch thick without any lacing on the glass

Smell: Smells of dark fruits, figs, plums, raisins, along with a slight chocolate and wheat aroma. This beer also has a noticeable alcohol aroma.

Taste: Wheat and other dark malts hit up front followed by a smooth grape and raisin flavor. This beer then shows off some of its alcohol tones along with what tastes like bittersweet chocolate. This beer finishes with more grape flavors and dark fruits and finally a little more warm alcohol.

Mouthfeel: This beer is supersmooth. The flavors just combine perfectly and the body is surprisingly light and crisp.

Drinkabilty: For a beer that is as kicking as this one is, it goes down easier than the fresh bottles. Simply amazing.

Overall: If you like Aventinus, try it aged... You'll absolutely love it. I sure as hell do. Super smooth and well balanced.. What great flavors..

Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
97 out of 100 based on 3,826 ratings.